Monday, February 18, 2013
By Luke Lapinski
The Montreal Canadiens figure to have Max Pacioretty in the lineup when they square off with Carolina tonight, according to the Montreal Gazette. That's good news, considering he was cut near the ribs by a skate in the club's win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Plus, he's already had to miss a few games this season, and the Habs could use their top scorer from last year on the ice as much as possible while they look to continue their strong start.
Of course, Pacioretty isn't the only player on the roster dealing with injury at the moment. Brendan Gallagher appears to have suffered a concussion over the weekend and will be out as the club follows NHL protocol. Meanwhile, P.K. Subban has been feeling sick, but figures to be on the ice tonight as well. The same can't be said for Carey Price though, who will likely get a second game off as he deals with flu-like symptoms. Fortunately for Montreal, Peter Budaj stepped in with a solid performance over the weekend, allowing just one goal to earn his first win on the year. He'll get a shot to build on that tonight.